Pattaya’s police chief said only 12 tourists were robbed on Songkran’s biggest day.
Pol. Col. Prawit Chorsang said April 20 that the previous day’s “wan lai” water-throwing day had blanket police coverage, which helped suppress crime.
In addition to the 12 foreigners, eight Thais reported being pickpocketed or robbed. Most items stolen were mobile phones in waterproof pouches.
The number of cases were less than reported last year, Prawit said, noting all of downtown Pattaya was a sea of bodies with hundreds of thousands of people out on the streets, yet still only 20 petty crimes.